In the Second Amendment to the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution, Americans are guaranteed the right to keep and bear arms. Though the text is clearly stated, its meaning and interpretation are strongly contested. Law enforcement is not immune to this debate, so it should not be surprising that efforts to enforce laws regulating illegal gun possession sometimes infringe on the rights of innocent people.
At the Law Office of Michael S. Rothman, located in Rockville, Maryland, I offer experienced and aggressive legal representation to individuals charged with illegal gun possession in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
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If you are under investigation or facing charges for illegal gun possession, please contact my law firm today for a free case evaluation. Find out what a dedicated criminal defense attorney can do to defend you.
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I can assist you with weapons-related charges including:
Illegal gun possession
Possession of an unregistered gun
Concealed weapons charges
Criminal possession of a weapon
Felon in possession of a regulated firearm
Unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm
Unlawful possession of ammunition
In most cases a permit is not required to possess a rifle or a shotgun. However, handguns are regulated firearms and a permit is usually required. Possession of a handgun is prohibited for any person who:
Has been convicted for a crime of violence
Has been convicted of violating the Maryland pistol law
Is a fugitive from justice
Is a habitual drunkard
Is an addict or habitual use of narcotics, barbiturates or amphetamines
Suffers from a mental disorder, has a history of violent behavior and has been confined to a mental facility for more than 30 days
Often times, a person with a prior conviction for a felony may be unaware that they are in violation of the law and could face criminal charges, including jail time. A conviction on a weapons charge can have serious negative consequences including fines, jail time and loss of a security clearance necessary required for employment.